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HISTORY OF NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Boys Clubs were first established in New England in the 1850's by groups of people who realized there was a need for a non-sectarian organization providing after-school and evening activities with leadership for less privileged boys. Boys Clubs of America was founded in 1856 by the then existing Boys Clubs for their mutual benefit and the promotion of the movement. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Massachusetts in the same year. The first Club was opened in Hartford, Connecticut in 1865.It was chartered by the 84th Congress of the United States in 1956, under Public Law 988. The national organization became the Boys and Girls Club of America in 1990. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, with our regional office in Schaumberg, Illinois.

 

 

 

Today, there are over 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States, serving over four million members on a daily basis.

HISTORY OF LOCAL ORGANIZATION

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley ("BGCMV") has been serving the needs of area young people since 1994. It is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national organization of non-profit, non-sectarian private agencies serving young people in clubs nationwide. BGCMV serves nearly 700 members at four locations:

  • Moline Club – 406 7th Street, Moline  
  • Moline Teen Center– 1122 5th Avenue, Moline
  • Davenport Club – 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport (First Presbyterian Church)  
  • Davenport Teen Center-1702 N Main St, Davenport (JB Young Opportunity Center)
THE PURPOSE OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

The Boys & Girls Clubs is a youth development organization that promotes character development and prevents delinquency. This is accomplished through services directed at providing behavioral guidance and the promotion of health, social, educational, vocational and character development of children.

Programs and activities are designed to help individual members by stressing health and fitness, citizenship and leadership development, skill development, and educational career development.

THE MISSION OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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